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Let's debug a running Java VM with jconsole

My jvm's are running out of permgen -memory! Why is that, I wonder to myself. And how much is it using? Time to take out the jconsole.

Because its an app running inside a Tomcat, this requires that tomcat startup VM arguments include


Since I am testing locally, this should be all that is needed. In fact, I'm not 100% sold if thats actually even required. ;) If this was a remote, then hostname and port and other connection parameters would be required.

Once the JMX conf is set up, start jconsole from the command line. You will need a jdk thats in your path.


A window should popup, and java mascot should ask you to choose the process that you wish to debug. Choose the process, and you can start by choosing "Memory" -tab, and Memory Pool "Perm Gen" from the pulldown - given you are also interested in what causes Permgen to cap!

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